Healthy living starts here
Congratulations on taking the first step to leading a healthier life. No two journeys are the same, and we're committed to helping you become the healthiest version of yourself. Whether you want to keep up with your kids, drop 20 pounds or get a good night's sleep (every night), we help you define and achieve your wellness goals. Our compassionate health coaches provide encouragement and accountability without judgment.
Lifestyle Resources and Tools
Wellness Vision & Goal Setting
What is wellness?
Wellness can be defined as a state of health, yet it extends beyond physical health, nutrition and the number on the scale. Wellness is a multidimensional state of being. The wellness wheel below includes social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual and physical wellness. When all dimensions of wellness are balanced, we are more resilient to life’s stressors and more likely to feel happy and satisfied. How balanced is your wellness wheel? Which wellness areas do you want to work on first?
The goal setting guide (PDF) is intended to support you in building motivation and gaining a greater understanding of your lifestyle habits. We strongly encourage you to start with the first few chapters of the book entitled “Building Motivation” and “Creating a Wellness Vision.”
When setting goals, it’s good to look at the big picture of your health and well-being and establish a clear vision of what you want to achieve. Once you’ve identified your desired vision, you can set goals appropriately to guide you there. Download the ASLM Habit Tracker to help you stay on top of your lifestyle goals.
A wellness vision (PDF) is often short, about two sentences or less, and briefly lays out what you would like to see for yourself relating to your health and fitness. It may incorporate what brings value and meaning to your life. It is something that can be changed and modified any time throughout your wellness journey.
Here are some examples:
- “I want to be able to run and play with my grandchildren”
- “I want to feel rested and energized every morning for work”
What to eat
Let’s face it: nutrition information can be confusing and frustrating! With varying opinions and conflicting research, you may wonder at times how to eat healthy.
Evidence continues to point towards a Mediterranean style of eating to support health. And it doesn’t need to be complicated – the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating more seafood; filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables; switching to fat-free or low-fat milk; nixing the sugary beverages; watching the sodium; and enjoying your food, but less of it.
How many calories should I be eating?
A safe weight loss goal is 1-2 pounds per week. One pound is approximately 3500 calories, so if you were to lose 1-2 pounds per week you would need to create a daily deficit of 500-1000 calories per day.
Let's get moving!
A balanced exercise routine incorporates aerobic exercise, strength training and stretching. It is important to choose forms of activity that you enjoy and can stick to. If you have chronic injuries or any heart disease risk factors it is always a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (like brisk walking) as well as strength-based exercises on two days a week for adults 18-64 years old.
Visit the Active&Fit Direct website. The Active&Fit Direct™ program allows you to choose from more than 10,000 participating fitness centers and YMCAs nationwide for $25 a month. By creating an account you can access 200 free digital workouts. Follow @MyActiveandFit on Facebook or YouTube for free classes.
Here are some ways to get moving:
Stress is generally a product of the tension you feel in response to a change or threat. With 90 percent of office visits attributed to stress symptoms, this may be a result of life’s demands, good or bad, and your perceived lack of resources to meet them.
Not all stress is bad. In fact, we need a certain amount to have a meaningful life, although learning to stay away from the strain zone helps us optimize performance while preventing dysfunction, health problems and burn out.
Understand your stress with these tools and resources:
Catch some Zs
The majority of Americans do not get the suggested 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Learn more ways to get a good night's sleep.
Be a quitter
As a Providence Health Plan member, you have access to great resources at no cost to you. Quitting can be scary, and we make it less scary with as much help as you need to break from the pack. You've heard the statistics, you know the reasons. If you're ready to quit, we're ready to help.
Ready to take the next step? Try one of these resources:
Healthy Bites Podcast
Join Providence’s professional health coaches along an informative journey to help you move more, identify smart ways to lose or manage weight and navigate the latest information on health and well-being trends. You’ll get practical advice that will empower you to create sustainable lifestyle changes. These small bite podcasts are about 20 minutes - perfect for your commute or neighborhood walk.
Episode 1: Creating a Wellness Vision
Thinking about making some changes? Maybe you have decided that it is time for you to do something different, but you are not sure where to begin? In this podcast Will and Colleen discuss…
- Creating a wellness vision to enhance motivation
- Overcoming ambivalence
- Setting effective goals
Episode 2: Diet-based Culture
Explore some modern social trends and movements regarding diet and how your current eating patterns may be influenced by them. In this podcast Will and Colleen discuss…
- Diet culture
- Body positivity movement
- Intuitive eating
- Self-efficiency strategies
Episode 3: Mindfulness and Self-Care
Do you struggle to find the time for self-care? Or maybe you find self-care to feel selfish? In this podcast Will and Colleen discuss…
- Barriers to self-care
- Effective self-care and mindfulness practices
- Building resilience and improving self-care
Episode 4: Plant-based Diets
From vegan to flexitarian, there are many types of plant-based diets. In this podcast Will and Colleen discuss…
- Plant-based nutrition basics
- Benefits of plant-based nutrition
- Nutritional considerations with plant-based nutrition
Episode 5: Successful Home Exercise
Having a consistent exercise routine can be challenging with gym closures, inclement weather, and busy schedules. Learn how to build a successful home exercise space and routine. In this podcast Will and Colleen discuss…
- Principles of exercise
- Creating a successful home exercise environment
- Staying Motivated
- Tips on exercise equipment and resources
Episode 6: Sleep
Getting enough sleep is invaluable to your total health and wellbeing. Even if you're getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per day, your sleep quality can be disrupted by various factors, and can affect your mood and energy during the day.
This podcast will discuss:
- What sleep does for the body
- Why we get sleepy
- Factors of poor quality sleep
- How to improve sleep quality
Episode 7: Surviving the Holiday Season
The holiday season presents an assortment of demands: shopping, cooking, cleaning and entertaining, to name a few. Pandemic-induced stress and anxiety only add to the mix, meaning your holiday plans probably look and feel much different this year. This month, Will and Colleen sit down with Dr. Miles Hassell from the Providence Comprehensive Risk Reduction Clinic and author of Good Food, Great Medicine to discuss tips and strategies to help turn this holiday season into an opportunity to improve your overall well-being.
In this podcast, the Providence team will discuss:
- Tips to include physical activity into your holiday schedule
- Healthy food choices during social gatherings
- Lifestyle choices to improve your immunity
Episode 8: Keeping Your Heart Healthy featuring Dr. Jamie Beckerman
Your diet and exercise habits are important to maintaining good heart health but they don't tell the whole story. In this episode Will and Colleen meet with Dr. Jamie Beckerman, cardiologist for the Providence Heart Institute and founding coach of the Heart to Start program, who shares his personal experiences, advice, and encouragement to help you live your healthiest life.
Some themes of the discussion include:
- Finding your personal motivation
- The importance of social support
- The power of habit
- Down-to-earth tips to move more and eat better
Episode 9: Finding Happiness in the Pandemic Age
While the pursuit of happiness is a timeless theme, it is of special relevance today as our collective well-being is tested by a global pandemic. Although we found new ways to work, learn and socialize - a year of stress and uncertainty has no doubt taken a toll on our mental health. In this episode, health coach Will reflects on the contemporary psychology of happiness and shares some popular ways to boost happiness in an era of reduced social activity, mixed work and family domains and way too much screen time.
Some themes of the discussion include:
- When the pursuit of happiness backfires
- You have problems - and that’s a good thing
- The need for better leisure time
- Cultivate optimism - but also a little defensive pessimism
Episode 10: How to Stop Sugar Addiction
Consider this: consuming excess sugar is not self-sabotage, nor is it inherently bad. Addiction is vastly misunderstood and at its core is simply a person’s attempt to cope and regulate their nervous system; to feel calm, safe or secure. In this episode of Health Bites, Colleen discusses the hidden truths behind sugar addiction. Topics include:
- Factors that contribute to a sugar addiction
- How sugar impacts the brain, nervous system and gut
- Practical tips to improve your relationship with sugar
- Strategies to break sugar addition
Episode 11: Resuming Exercise After a Lapse/Returning to the Office
Sticking with an exercise routine is hard. Amid the myriad challenges and demands of life, experiencing a lapse in our exercise routine is considered normal and even inevitable. In this episode, Will interviews Orangetheory Fitness head coach Craig Halaas on the best ways to recover from such a lapse, as well as how to keep exercise on track during a transition back to working at the office.
Key topics of this episode include:
- Finding motivation – what’s your “why"?
- Creating conditions for success
- Building a progressive and sustainable program
- Allowing time for rest & recovery
Episode 12: Family Health and wellness
In this episode of Healthy Bites, Health Coach Will Bruce talks with Jennifer Lundman from FIT Foundations about the importance of family systems in promoting healthy habits, as well as some activities and tools for promoting family health and wellness.
Key topics of this episode include:
- Individual wellness is not an individual undertaking
- The power in setting shared family goals
- The Wellness Wheel and twelve dimensions of health
Episode 13: Behavioral Health
In this episode, Will and Colleen talk mental and emotional health with Cathlyn Fraguela Rios from the Providence Behavioral Health Concierge. Cathlyn discusses what it means to have balanced mental health, how to manage our mental health, the importance of trauma informed care, and when it might be time to see a specialist. The Providence Behavioral Health Concierge is a unique service available to Providence Health Plan members which offers access to behavioral health counseling and care navigation.
Our recorded webinars feature professional health and wellness practitioners and explore a variety of topics to help you gain the tools and insights you need to make sustainable lifestyle changes. Check out our webinar library to explore the latest wellness topics and trends.
Workshop 1: Mindful Eating
During this webinar Colleen Kuhn, Registered Dietitian, will discuss mindful eating and will provide a demonstration of a detox, heart healthy salad.
Watch: 70 Minutes
Workshop 2: Nutrition, Brain Health & Immunity
During this session Colleen Kuhn, Registered Dietitian, will discuss immunity and brain boosting foods and will provide a demonstration of a brain-powered, anti-stress smoothie.
Watch: 54 Minutes
Workshop 3: Meal Planning
During this webinar, Colleen Kuhn, Registered Dietitian, will discuss planning meals that keep us connected and will provide a demonstration of a plant-powered burrito bowl.
Watch: 46 Minutes
Workshop 4: Break Your Sugar Addiction
During this webinar, Colleen Kuhn, Registered Dietitian, will discuss the hidden truths behind sugar addiction and learn practical tips and strategies to improve your relationship with sugar.
Watch: 71 Minutes
Workshop 5: Everyday Nutrition
Getting the basics down for proper nutrition can lead to positive changes in your everyday life. Nutrition is an essential part of establishing a current and future state of wellness. However, confusion on what to eat can become quite a dilemma when completing routine activities like creating a grocery list or dining out. How do we pick the most nutrient-packed options? Starting at the beginning provides a perfect opportunity to build a solid foundation in choosing the right daily nutrition options.
Watch: 60 Minutes
Workshop 6: Internal Family Systems: Finding Food Freedom
We all have contradicting thoughts with respect to food that lead to behaviors that may be inconsistent with our own interests. Contradicting ourselves is normal. Believe it or not, we all have multiple personalities or multiple parts to us. Using Internal Family Systems (IFS) we can get to know the parts that are preventing us from healing our relationship with food, and get to know the wound that is keeping us from living our authentic self.
Key components of this webinar include:
- Learn why & which parts keep us stuck in our relationship with food
- Discover how to relieve ourselves of those parts
- Understand how to integrate them to finally find food freedom
Watch: 73 Minutes
Workshop 7: Plant-based Eating for Blood Sugar Control
Plant-based eating is all the rage and certainly growing in popularity - but is this trend actually healthy? In this presentation we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of following a plant-based and plant-forward diet (which allows for a small amount of animal protein), as well as the impacts of whole foods on insulin resistance. Done correctly, a whole food, plant-based diet can provide significant benefits such as diabetes prevention and management.
Watch: 71 Minutes
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